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Sep 12, 2012 7:00am PDT
to the rebel opposition. he arrived on a cargo ship in the port of benghazi and began building our relationship with libya's revolutionaries. he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. the world needs more chris stevens'. i spoke with his sister, ann, this morning, and told her that he will be remembered as a hero by many nations. sean smith, was an air force veteran. he spent ten years as an information management officer in the state department. he was posted at the hague. and was in libya on a brief, temporary assignment. he was a husband, to his wife, heather. with whom i spoke this morning. he was a father to two young children, samantha and nathan. they will grow up being proud of the service their father gave to our country. service that took him from victoria to baghdad and finally to benghazi. the mission that drew chris and sean and their colleagues to libya is noble and necessary. and we and the people of libya honor their memory by carrying it forward. this is not easy. today, many americans are asking, indeed, i asked myself, how co
Sep 12, 2012 5:30pm PDT
be dangerous circumstances. >> all americans in benghazi have been evacuated to europe. there's also three americans who were wounded, one of them seriously, diane. >> martha the president said today in his statement, his public statement, make no mistake we'll work with the libyan government to bring justice to the killers. so, what is under way tonight? >> the u.s. is promising justice and right now trying to track down those killers. libyan government promised cooperation and the fbi is involved as well. >> okay, martha. thank you. i know you'll continue reporting the story. as you know, american officials are moving right now to protect the more than 9,000 men and women in the u.s. foreign service. so many of them braving dangers abroad. the names of their fallen comrades will be etched on a wall at the state department and today president obama paid his respects there and secretary clinton spoke with fierce passion about their service. tonight abc's jon karl has more about those who died. >> reporter: war was still raging when he first arrived in libya last year. ambassador chris stev
Sep 28, 2012 1:40am PDT
on their compound in benghazi. while the investigation into the attack is far from over, the white house is now offering a new take on what really happened. here's abc's jake tapper. >> reporter: secretary of defense leon panetta acknowledged that the attack that killed four americans in benghazi, libya, on the anniversary of 9/11 was not only cared out by terrorists, it was premeditated. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place, that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack. >> reporter: the white house first suggested that the benghazi attack was spontaneous. the result of that anti-muslim video inciting mobs throughout the region. >> jake let's be clear. these protests were in eereaction to a video that had spread to the region. we don't know -- we don't though otherwise. you know, we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. >> reporter: but source tell abc news that intelligence officials on the ground tell us the attack was not tied to the movie at all. what aroused their
Sep 26, 2012 1:40am PDT
: with a tribute to the u.s. ambassador to libya who was attacked and killed in the dead of night in benghazi two weeks ago, he extolled the humanity and hope stevens stood for. >> we are serious about the ideals and must reaffirm our future will be determined by people like chris stevens and not by his killers. >> reporter: but in many ways, the president's speech seemed targeted at his dough met tick audience. accused by republicans of glibly downplaying the unrest in the muslim world, the president demanded an end to the violence. >> there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. >> reporter: and while only days ago the white house was asking youtube to review whether the anti-muslim film violated the terms of use, the president offered a full-throated defense of freedom of speech. >> like me, the majority of americans are christian, yet we do not ban blaspheme against our sacred beliefs. >> that was a cal to stop those who fan the flames against the wealth and the allies. >> it is time to marginalize those who use hatred of americ
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